The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning what research has been undertaken in relation to developing (i) a national property database and (ii) a national spatial data infrastructure. 89404
Neither HM Treasury nor the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has undertaken research into developing a national property database or a national spatial address infrastructure.
Currently two national address gazetteers are available. One has been developed by Ordnance Survey and forms part of their MasterMap product (and is referred to as ‘Address Layer 2’); the other is the National Land and Property Gazetteer developed by the Improvement and Development Agency.
ONS is beginning to conduct research into the suitability of the two products as an address source in the preparation and undertaking of the 2007 Census Test.